Mr Adebola Shabi, General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), on Wednesday called on residents to avoid pollution and environmental contamination in its totality.
Shabi made the call at a campaign organised for automobile dealers and mechanics in Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos.
According to him, we must refuse the level of pollution affecting the environment, especially the way we contaminate the ground with used oil and chemicals due to waste generated.
“LASEPA is one of the agencies under the Ministry of Environment to take care and oversee the activities of the environment.
“My job is to come to sensitise you as an agent of the government to let you know how to dispose off your engine oil which affects the ground and allows the underground water bodies to be polluted,’’ he said.
He listed some of the dangerous chemicals to the environment to include: mercury, lead, zinc and chromium.
Shabi identifies a company; Ecocycle Technology, which he said was responsible for collecting, handling, storing and disposing, spent oil.
He encouraged them to key in by collecting used oil for recycling by Ecocycle in order to provide comprehensive solution mitigated by the hazard of environmental pollution.
“There is nothing called waste anymore, key in to the system or call the agency for collection of used oil for recycling rather than degrade the environment with it,’’ he said.
He also encouraged them to have regular health check to know their health status due to the negative activities in the environment.
“We are not here to witch-hunt anybody rather we are here to sensitise and educate you on how to protect yourself and the environment.
“The environment belongs to you and I and it is our responsibility to show love to the environment, and we must be able to safeguard the environment,’’ he said.
The Directorate of Technical Cooperation for Africa (DTCA) has said that the Federal Government is set to replenish the Nigerian Technical Cooperation Fund (NTCF), to ensure its sustainability.
Mr Shuaibu Suleiman, the Acting Director-General, DTCA, said this in an interview with our correspondent on Wednesday in Abuja.
Suleiman said that the 25 million-dollar fund instituted in 2004, was aimed at funding projects and programmes that would facilitate cooperation, integration and capacity building across Africa.
He said that the NTCF, established by the Federal Government, was accessible only by Africans and was disbursed through African Development Bank (AfDB).
He said that disbursing the fund through the AfDB also ensured the security and sustainability of the fund.
“One of the ways the fund is sustained is investment by AfDB; when you look at that fact that it is expended at the rate of 2.5 million dollars a year, it means that out of the 10-year life cycle, there is a gain of two years.
“The Federal Government has the responsibility of replenishing the fund and we will soon start to put in place the process of doing so.
“Nigeria has the mechanism to disburse the fund but when it was constituted, there were a number of considerations.
“For instance, the need to insulate the fund from political interference and to ensure its safety.
“It is an international fund and therefore, we had to find an international institution that will guarantee security and safety of the funds such that whenever it is required, it is readily available.
“Nigeria is at the forefront of facilitating leadership for Africa; so, you would like to place your funds in a bank that would give that leverage.”
He said that the fund had so far generated an interest of more than 5 million dollars which would be added to it.